headgearMining Weekly reports that Gold Fields and Harmony Gold have announced measures and strategies to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.  

Gold Fields on Wednesday said that while its mines have continued to operate as normal to date, the company was guided by the principle of prioritising the safety and wellbeing of its people, and “would not hesitate to act should their health be put at risk”.  The mitigation measures implemented at the miner’s mining operations and offices include a strict adherence to country-specific regulations, government decrees and protocols, as and when issued; comprehensive hygiene awareness campaigns at all offices and mines; the imposition of indefinite business travel bans for all company employees and self-quarantine for employees returning from holiday.  Gold Fields has also limited visits by international consultants and service providers to its offices and mines and has implemented self-quarantine measures for any employees displaying flu-like symptoms.  Harmony Gold, meanwhile, said it had “rapidly implemented measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees."  Precautionary measures put in place at its operations include identifying high-risk employees who are on antiretroviral medicine, those who are older than 65 and those who have pre-existing medical conditions.  Further, it has instituted the compulsory use of preventative personal protection equipment in the workplace, as well as increased hand washing and the need for social distancing.

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